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Letter from the Chair

This year we want to continue our focus on how the OSB ADR Section can provide you with easy to access information, CLE’s and assistance in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  We will be offering a day-long CLE on arbitration and mediation in the latter part of the year, legislative input and support, a newsletter that contains up to date information regarding trends, new cases, etc., and any other support and assistance we can provide to other OSB Sections.

In these interesting times, it is particularly important for our Section to provide relevant value for your section dues.  We are always open to suggestions and comments and look forward to working with all members so we can provide ADR programs, advocacy and support to assist you in having a successful and prosperous year.

ADR CLE Programs

We will continue to offer mini CLE’s that qualify for 1-2 hours of credit in various subjects during lunchtime at little or no cost to Section members.  These CLE’s will more than pay for your section dues.  Keep an eye out for CLE notices in the Newsletter.  This year we will offer a day long CLE on mediation and arbitration that will have something for the new lawyer as well as those “long in the tooth”.

ADR Section Newsletter

The ADR Newsletter reaches our entire membership and is available on the section website. To view the recent editions of the ADR Section newsletter, log in as a member on the OSB website and click on Section Newsletter Library.  If you would like to publish an article about important ADR topics in the section Newsletter or if you want to suggest a topic for an article, please contact Executive Committee member, Michael Levelle at michael@sussmanshank.com.

ADR Section Website

Our Website is better than ever and contains a wealth of information and a library of resources for Section members.  The Website is also where you can access past issues the Newsletter.  If you have any suggestions for additional Website content, please let us know.

Judicial and Legislative Relations

The ADR Executive Committee will continue to monitor bills that have ADR components.  The ADR Section will provide information to members about new laws and where appropriate, work with the state judiciary and the Oregon State Legislature through the OSB to provide input on the bills.  If there are issues that you would like the Executive Committee to review, please let us know.

I look forward to serving as the ADR Section Chair this year.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at abannon@hk-law.com.

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